An important mission of the Colorado State University Department of Construction Management is to address industry challenges and problems through research. Multiple CM faculty and graduate students are working with national, industry, and state agencies on funded research grants. A few of the highlights include the following efforts:
Mohammed Mehany is working with the U.S. Green Building Council on developing a framework to measure the level of sustainability and resilience practices on infrastructure projects.
Jon Elliott and John Killingsworth are working with the U.S. Department of Energy to explore how advanced energy efficient technologies can be integrated into offsite prefabrication.
Chris Harper is leading multiple research projects with the National Academy of Sciences that both explore how to develop guidance for training and certification of construction inspectors for transportation infrastructure projects as well as exploring the legal issues and strategies for best-value procurement for highway construction. Along this same line of research,
Mehmet Ozbek is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation to understand how to implement innovations to bridges inspection practices.
Doctoral student Manideep Tummalapudi was awarded an Incubator Grant from the Institute of Management Accountants for a pilot study on Cash Flow Management Accounting and Benchmarking Project Performance in the Construction Industry.
Paul Goodrum is working with the Construction Industry Institute to better understand the future challenges of developing the 2030 construction workforce to help the industry and companies be more proactive in recruiting and retaining future craft professionals.
There are other efforts, but this sample of work demonstrates the wide spectrum of efforts that CM faculty and graduate students are engaged in to improve the U.S. construction industry’s performance. These efforts are driven by the belief that a stronger construction industry has broad impacts in building and developing more robust and healthier communities.